Young Person Statement
When I first came I was really naughty and not good. Just bad, I don’t really know how to explain it. I would always get in trouble, well not always, most of the time. I got in trouble for shouting at members of staff. The sessions are a safe place I feel I can have fun in. I learnt new things like how to make cake pops. I learned how to make friends. In primary school I was mates with all the popular people who weren’t really my friends. Here we do activity things and I learn new things which have helped me make new friends. I’m not as shy now and I’ve met new friends. They have taught me not to be rude.
Youth Worker’s Statement
Maisy has been attending the Youth Centre for nearly two years. Her sister is a Senior with a big character within the sessions so Maisy tried to fill her boots when she first started. Maisy has lots of energy and ideas for what to do in the Centre and would express this by shouting about the activities being rubbish or messing around in order to ruin the activities. Maisy liked to be the centre of attention and ‘popular’, but unfortunately this often led to her belittling others and getting cross if she didn’t have the attention she craved either with staff or more commonly with other young people. During debrief’s, the Youth Workers recognised that Maisy’s behaviour was influenced by the impact her sister had on many of the other Youth Club members. She was popular with many different age groups and would often be the person people would go to for support, however this support often involved threatening others. In order for Maisy to develop her own personality the Youth Workers began to embrace her ideas but put in clear boundaries.
Often Maisy would want her activities to happen right here and then, however in time with consistent input from staff she started to develop her patience, knowing that the Youth Workers would deliver her activities in time. Maisy was challenged well by the Youth Workers, taking time to give her positive praise about her enthusiasm, but being very clear how her comments may look like bullying to others, then helping her find strategies to combat this. The Youth Workers also developed new opportunities for Maisy to get involved in other activities, giving her responsibilities and taking her away from her usual friendship group. This enabled Maisy not only to meet new people, but for others who had seen her as a ‘bully’ to see her in a new light therefore starting to leave the stigma behind.
Maisy’s behaviour came from a place of anxiety around her identity, with the support of the Youth Workers she has been able to recognise her good, fun qualities without trying to be someone she is not. She feels supported and accepts challenges from workers when needed and the Youth Workers create opportunities for her to continue her development.